James Comey: Trump Should Not Be Prosecuted After Leaving The White House
Former FBI Director James Comey has written in a new book that President Donald Trump should not be prosecuted after leaving office, according to The Guardian, no matter how much evidence there may be against him.
The next US attorney general, under Joe Biden, should not “pursue a criminal investigation of Donald Trump”, Comey writes, “no matter how compelling the roadmap left” by the special counsel Robert Mueller, or “how powerful the evidence strewn across his history of porn stars and financial fraud”.
“Although those cases might be righteous in a vacuum,” Comey writes, “the mission of the next attorney general must be fostering the trust of the American people.”
The Guardian noted that Comey’s “opinion is likely to surprise many – perhaps including Trump himself – as Comey has emerged as a powerful critic of Trump and has been the frequent target of threats and insults from the 45th president.”
Comey, who was fired by Trump in May 2017, sparking Mueller’s appointment, makes the argument in his book, Saving Justice: Truth, Transparency and Trust, set to be published on January 12.
Saving Justice was completed after Trump’s defeat by Biden. The president has refused to concede, a stance which led to the call last weekend in which Trump sought to have a Georgia official overturn the state’s result, an action that has prompted calls for criminal investigation or even a second impeachment.
Commending the example of Edward Levi, the law professor appointed attorney general by Ford after the trauma of Watergate, Comey says the next head of the US justice system must lift the department “above the partisan scrum”.
Advocating renewed transparency, he adds: “Whether or not our next president pardons Donald Trump, and whether or not the Department of Justice pursues him, the American people should be told why.”